Drought spurs early wheat cutting in Kansas

The custom cutters arrived around noon Monday at Karen and Harold Sturm's farm near Caldwell.

With 2,500 acres of wheat to harvest, the Sturm family — in its fifth generation of farming — will be in full swing by today.

"I don't know, I am not an expert, but it is pretty short. It's been pretty dry," Karen Sturm said Monday. "It's hard to tell until you get in there."

Around her farm on Monday, neighbors were cutting. But the true sign of harvest — the long lines of trucks at the local elevator — haven't been seen yet.

"People have just been getting started today and over the weekend," she said.

She has hopes for this year's crop. It won't be a bumper year, she says. She's hoping for an average year.

"We got a 2-inch rain about a month ago. If it had been a month sooner that would have been so much better," Sturm said.

She knows other parts of Kansas — and even around the world — haven't had the rain.

The worst droughts in decades are wilting wheat fields worldwide.

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